• Xinjiang official defends ‘education centres’ for Uighur Muslims0

    • Blog
    • October 17, 2018

    16 October 2018 The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving effective in staving off terrorism. He said “trainees” were grateful for the opportunity

  • Sing for solidarityA Kyrgyz singer sparks a debate about sexism0

    • Blog
    • October 17, 2018

    In a country where some women are still kidnapped and forced to marry, her voice is welcome Economist Print edition | Asia Oct 11th 2018| ALMATY WHEN Zere Asylbek, a 19-year-old singer from Kyrgyzstan, took to YouTube with a lyrical cry for equality, she did not expect to draw much attention, let alone death threats. The

  • Bhutan’s Elections Demonstrate Continued Democratic Progress0

    • Blog
    • October 17, 2018

    Image Credit: AP Photo/Anupam Nath Increased voter turnout for Bhutan’s parliamentary elections points to healthier democracy. By Karma Dema September 21, 2018 As vote counts results began trickling in toward the end of election day on September 15 in Bhutan, expectant families and neighbors gathered to watch election results over shared meals and beverages. Since the introduction


  • ‘Defending’ Hambantota, still!0

    by Sathiya Moorthy  2 May 2018 The problem with a grandiose plan of the Hambantota kind is that every time some security analyst or the media of a third nation passes and adverse remark, then the partner-governments ‘defend’ their dream project. The problem with China’s BRI, or ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, is that there is nothing

  • Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East0

      By James M. Dorsey       2/5/2018 Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative and subtle ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure. The shifts involve greater dependency of the Gulf states on oil and gas exports

  • State’s Hegemony and Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Tamils in Sri Lanka0

    By Ashawti CK and Rajeesh CS     1/5/2018 Introduction Communal strife and civil war in Sri Lanka lasted more than sixty-four years. This paper analyzes the state’s direct support to the ethnic and religious antagonism that fuelled it, the political miscalculations that precipitated it and the mistrust which permeated both battling sides. In the first section,

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  • Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

    By M Adil Khan 16 May 2019 In Bangladesh incidents of loot, plunder, enforced disappearances, breakdown of rule of law, extra-judicial killings, deaths and injuries in road accidents through reckless driving have become parts of daily news.  Lately, news of audacious rapes, abductions of girls and women and sexual harassments in almost all parts of

  • Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka: Crisis, Correction and Hope

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 8 May 2019 “What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.” Robert D. Kaplan  I was 16 when I witnessed the horror terrorism first hand. It was the blast I lost my father in. When the long battle ended with the Tamil Tigers in

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